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During its regular meeting today, the Sedalia City Council will vote to approve a proposal for a tree inventory of about 1,800 trees in the public right of way.

Last month, the city received a $10,000 Trim grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation to inventory its trees. This is the third time the city has received the grant, which will bring in an arborist to assess trees and compile a list of data to include locations, species, size and condition as well as recommendations for maintenance and risk assessment.

According to grant-writer Ellen Cross, senior administrative assistant for the Public Works Department, any city can apply for the TRIM grant but special consideration is given to cities designated as Tree City USA, which Sedalia is.

“Our Tree City designation means we have to meet certain conditions and maintain that status through Arbor Day events, establishing a Tree Board and spending so much money per capita on trees,” she said. “Since we are a Tree City, the Department of Conservation will pay for 75 percent of the grant and we have to match 25 percent either with money or in-kind donations.”

The city’s cost of the inventory is $3,650, $3,500 of which will be paid with in-kind routine care labor.

Council will also vote to:

• Approve and accept an agreement with New World Systems

Corporation as the software vendor for the city police department records; $15,000.

• Officially reject bids for repair to a roof at the Water Pollution Control building for being too high; the project will be rebid.

• Award a bid for chemical root control of sanitary sewer lines to Queensburg, N.Y.- based Municipal Sales Inc.; $25,000

• Approve and accept an agreement with Foley Equipment Company for maintenance of the electric generator on the south side of City Hall. The generator backs up all Pettis County 911, city 911 and police department functions; $2,424 per year on a three year contract.

• Award a bid to Key Hydraulics for a one-ton pickup material spreader; $4,025.

• Award a bid to Viking-Cives Midwest for a snow plow; $4,225

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